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The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) is excited to announce the start of its new operational phase - Seventh Operational Phase from 2020 to 2024, with a revamped strategy and renewed financial commitments. The SGP is financed by the Global Environment Facility and other partners and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Sandy Andelman is Vice President for Conservation Strategy and Partnerships at the Wildlife Conservation Society, an NGO working in 65 countries to protect wildlife and wild places through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. In an interview, she reflected on her work as a member of the GEF COVID-19 Task Force and shared how observing small apes sing in an Oregon zoo started her on a path of scientific inquiry that continues to motivate her decades later.

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Martha Cuba de Cronkleton is head of international affairs and cooperation at Peru’s Ministry of Environment and serves as her country’s GEF Operational Focal Point. In an interview, she reflected on the ways the Global Environment Facility has helped Peru advance its environmental priorities and build new coalitions for enduring support.

What are Peru’s main environmental priorities?

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Peter Lallas is the Global Environment Facility’s Conflict Resolution Commissioner and an advisor to the GEF Director of Strategy and Operations. In an interview, he shared insights from his career path that started on the basketball court, and reflected on the importance of meaningful engagement with people impacted by environmental issues and by international efforts to address them.

You wear many hats at the GEF. What does your work entail?

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature, Mirova Natural Capital, and the Global Environment Facility have teamed up to launch the world’s first conservation accelerator fund, an investment vehicle designed to help channel private sector funding into cutting-edge initiatives with the potential to benefit both nature and investors.

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Alimata B. Kone is Permanent Secretary of the Côte d’Ivoire GEF National Commission and serves as the country’s GEF Operational Focal Point. In an interview, she reflected on Côte d’Ivoire engagement with the Global Environment Facility as both a donor and a recipient country and shared how her background in economics has been useful in the field of environmental action.

What are the main environmental issues of concern to Côte d’Ivoire?

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David Barron is Chairman of the ICCF Group, a foundation that works to advance US leadership in international conservation through public-private partnerships, awareness-raising among policy-makers, and support for tougher policies on conservation and natural resource management. In an interview, he reflected on the power of bipartisan and multi-partisan coalitions to tackle difficult challenges such as how to avoid the next pandemic.

What was your inspiration to establish the ICCF Group?

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“On behalf of the GEF, I would like to welcome the commitment by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Environment Minister Shinjirō Koizumi for Japan to become carbon neutral by 2050. The transition to a safer and healthier planet will require leadership and bold action as demonstrated by Tokyo today. The GEF is standing by to help governments all over the world embrace carbon neutrality and make systemic decisions about how to get ahead of climate change and its risks.”

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, GEF CEO and Chairperson

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Rocío Cóndor is an FAO Forestry Officer working on the Enhanced Transparency Framework and coordinating the GEF-funded Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency work related to the forest sector, known as CBIT-Forest. In an interview, she reflected on the ways solid data can inform good decisions when it comes to sustainable forest management.

What does your work entail?

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Mercury can take many different routes to reach homes. To help inform the public on mercury's use and prevention, the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (MINAM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the GEF-funded planetGOLD Peru project, have initiated the "Expedition Mercury" awareness campaign.

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